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15 March 2018
Bristol and Bath go head-to-head with 64 cities in international race to find the most urban wildlife
Last night the Prime Minister gave an urgent statement to Parliament on the recent poisoning in Salisbury, where she said that it was highly likely Russia was responsible for the attack. She will be making a further statement to the Commons tomorrow. The seriousness of this cannot be overstated. Sergei Skripal and his daughter were exposed to a nerve agent and are still in a critical condition, and more than 20 people have now had to seek hospital treatment after coming into contact with them, including the police sergeant Nick Bailey who rushed to their aid. I stressed to the Prime Minister that there are many decent Russians bravely speaking out against Putin’s regime, and asked what support we can give to them. I have long had an interest in Russian issues; I studied Russian at university, have visited Russia many times, and am Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Russia. In 2012 I visited Moscow to attend the trial of members of the protest group Pussy Riot. A s
I am pleased to add my name in support of amendments to the forthcoming Financial Guidance and Claims Bill (FGC) tabled by my Labour colleague Luciana Berger, which would provide crucial support to tens of thousands of people with mental health problems. One of the functions of the FGC Bill is to pave the way for the creation of a Breathing Space debt respite scheme, which would give people who seek debt advice a six week break from fees, charges or collections activity, providing an opportunity to get on top of their finances before they spiral out of control. While I welcome this initiative, it does not go far enough to protect the thousands of people in mental health crisis who are too unwell even to seek debt advice. New analysis of national data by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute estimates that 23,000 people in England were struggling in problem debt last year whilst in hospital for their mental health. These amendments would extend the scheme to everyone in receip
International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to celebrate the success of women in all walks of life. However, 100 years after some women received the right to vote, there is still much to be done to improve gender equality both in Britain and around the world. The recent #metoo campaign has highlighted the shocking prevalence of sexual harassment that women from all walks of life face in their professional and private lives, and gender-based violence is still, sadly, very much part of too many women’s lives. Many women still face discrimination in the work place, as this Guardian article on gender pay gaps demonstrates. Gender discrimination of any kind has no place in 21st century society,and today is about saying that loud and clear.
This morning, Theresa May gave a speech on housing in which she said the lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest problems we face. This comes from a Government which has overseen the lowest levels of housebuilding since the 1920s, despite a nationwide housing crisis. Housing lists are vastly oversubscribed, and home-ownership is but a pipe dream for so many. May is also wrong to blame local authorities for low-levels of house building, as councils who do want to build housing are hamstrung by a range of rules, whereas the Government is not. Councils don’t keep all the money from council houses sold under Right to Buy, and a significant amount of the money goes back to the Treasury with each sale. Councils are also unable to borrow in order to fund house-building. Despite this, Labour-run Bristol City Council is set to smash its 2000 homes a year election promise, with 3,500 homes forecast to be built in 2020, of which 1000 will be affordable. When it comes to sorting out
I was glad to be able to speak in support of banning live animal exports during a Westminster Hall debate on Monday. Live exports is a practice that creates a huge amount of cruel and unnecessary suffering for the animals involved. The animals often have to travel hundreds of miles in cramped conditions, with little access to food or water. And even when they reach their destination, this is often in countries with low or non-existent animal welfare standards. It’s good that The Labour Party supports a ban of the practice after we have left the EU, however it’s disappointing that the SNP does not, and that the Government only supports a ban of export for slaughter and not for fattening. You can watch the full debate here:
I recently submitted a Parliamentary Question asking Gove whether he would ban the sale of electronic shock collars for pets. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have already taken action to ban their use, and it's time that Westminster follows suit. Labour’s recent Animal Welfare Plan included a ban on shock collars, and there are also positive reports that Gove is considering introducing a ban. I’m pleased to support Tommy Sheppard’s campaign to introduce a ban and I urge you to sign the petition below.

Latest tweets

@Mental_Elf @mmhpi My name’s already on them I believe. Will double check but yes, definitely support.
@darrenpjones @ReeceFranciss @marleybennett I would regard it as the highest compliment. https://t.co/tAGjrqKTCz

The week ahead

Week beginning 19th of March

On Monday morning Kerry will be holding a constituency surgery before heading to Westminster to speak in a debate on the availability of Orkambi on the NHS for people with cystic fibrosis. There is expected to be a statement in the Commons on the EU Council before debates on both the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill and Welsh Affairs.

On Tuesday Kerry will be in Paris for the Council of Europe Social Affairs Committee, which will include a discussion Lord Prescott’s report on climate change. Back in Parliament on Wednesday, Kerry has been drawn for Northern Ireland questions and will attend an Environmental Audit Committee hearing on nitrates. She will also be meeting with Masters Students from Oxford University to discuss deep sea mining, attending a meeting of the APPG on Russia and chairing an APPG Agroecology  discussion on the Agriculture Command Paper.

On Thursday, after Culture Media and Sport questions, Kerry will return to the constituency for a further surgery, as well as a meeting of the Bristol East Labour Party. On Friday Kerry has several engagements, including a meeting with Brislington residents to present ideas to the Mayor on how to move forward with Wick Road Library and a meeting with the Soil Association.

At the weekend Kerry will be heading to Brighton to give talks on both animal welfare and veganism at this year’s Vegfest.

If you would like to contact Kerry or her office you can call during weekdays on 0117 939 9901 (between 10am and 1pm) or email at kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk.

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